I spent 90% of my time this weekend doing one of three things – drinking, sleeping or hanging out at the barn.
As I’m sure you picked up from my pitiful post on Friday, my mood going into the weekend was poor. I had committed the cardinal sin of horses, “Thou Shall Not Get Thy Hopes Up” and was feeling down in general. The best fix for that is good friends and time with the nerd horse, and after a few super low key days I’m feeling a lot better.
These days I’m trying to strike a balance between updating the blog more frequently and making serious progress on my book, and today’s post is going to fall victim to the later. I did feel the need to explain a little bit about my “plan” going forward, which I use pretty relatively since I seem to make all kinds of plans these days and then immediately change my mind. Blame being blonde. Blame grief. Blame whatever… it is what it is.
For Simon the plan is the same. I’m going to steer him towards the jumper ring where he is better suited, and I don’t plan to sell him. However, I will be putting him up for full lease if/when I find a hunter prospect. Hopefully this would work out for someone to come to my barn and ride him there where I can keep an eye on him and stuff his face with cookies. When I’m ready to market him, I’ll be open to the perfect outside home for a lease. Simon is a healthy horse in his prime that loves to work. He’s been so many things to me, and I feel like he can go be that amazing first show horse for another person for a while. I’ll always be here to make sure he’s safe and happy, and to hop on for a good bridleless jump school every now and then.
As for me, I don’t have as clear of plans. I’d like a horse that can take me around competitively in the local show ring. I know how much money I have to spend, which seems like a lot to me but can’t get a ton in hunterland. Of course I’d love the perfect inexpensive or free lease horse or cute amateur friendly hunter in my price range, but that’s proving to be difficult to find. The horse I was hoping to purchase was a green broke prospect, so I’m essentially keeping all options open. The most important thing to me is a good brain and an innate talent as a hunter. Any horse can be a risk, but if my trainer goes “Ooo” and I feel happy sitting on it – that’s a win.
I’m not sure what that horse will look like yet or where I might find him, but for now I’m keeping my eyes open while I continue to ride and learn from the nerd horse.